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Old 03-19-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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"Mixed uses, residential space and more restaurants are planned as Independence Mall has been re-branded as The Collection at Independence, according to a news release.

The plans include demolishing the Sears store, which is not among the stores included in a listing of retailers at the new operation. Still, it wasn’t immediately clear whether Sears is moving or closing. The store’s demolition will “make way for newly-constructed spaces that will house multiple leading high volume retailers, and the addition of outparcel space and residential units,” the release said.

“I am very happy about it,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. “The mall needed a facelift. It needed new energy and vitality and this group is bringing that.”

The Sears box will be demolished “to accommodate a mix of new-to-market category-leading brands, some of which will be announced over the coming weeks,” the release said. The intention of the makeover is to create “an authentic village-like lifestyle.”

Plans include “a full-scale transformation of both the property’s interior and exterior” involving the removal of a part of interior of the mall, which opened in 1979, “to accommodate a lifestyle streetscape and exterior retail entrances,” the release said.

The mall hopes to begin construction later this year, the release said.

The mall will be open throughout the project, the release said, though some retailers “will need to be relocated.”

Stores named in the release as continuing to operate at the mall include Belk and Dillard’s -- each of which owns their space at the mall -- and J.C. Penney, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, Hibbett Sports, American Eagle, Forever 21 and Chick-Fil-A."

Sears wing at Independence Mall to be demolished - News - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:51 PM
 
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Still, it wasn’t immediately clear whether Sears is moving or closing.
Unsurprisingly, they’re closing.

http://www.businessinsider.com/sears...workers-2018-4
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Old 04-28-2018, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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I think you posted in the wrong thread.
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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I think you posted in the wrong thread.
Just commenting on the reason why brick&mortar retail is having a tough time. That's all.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:19 PM
 
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Star News has a further update on the renovation plans for the mall, to be rechristened "The Collection at Independence".

"Plans submitted Wednesday for phase one call for demolishing the Sears wing and building a promenade-style shopping wing, with stores and restaurants opening onto the parking lot. A cluster of outparcel retail spaces in what is now the parking lot will connect to the main mall building with a walkway.

Plans show the new wing will include eight retail pads, 10 restaurant spaces, a “mercantile” store and a 26,000-square-foot grocery store. The plans do not say what grocer could locate at the mall; Wilmington city planners said this week that Lidl, the German grocery chain, was eyeing a location on Oleander Drive.

In addition to the Sears pad itself, much of the north side of the mall will be demolished to make way for the new wing. Mall owner Rouse Properties has said it is in leasing discussion with the mall’s exisiting tenants and possible future tenants, but has stayed tight-lipped about what stores will be staying or coming.

Long-term plans for the mall also include apartments, office space and a medical space."

Latest Independence Mall plans show big changes - News - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:26 AM
 
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Kind of funny, not only was Sears struggling, but the entire Sears wing of the mall struggled.

This seems to be the perfect response to that. Stores that front Oleander Dr, restaurants that bring in patrons and a third grocer for that busy area (after Whole Foods and Harris Teeter).
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